Buhari greets media guru, Muhammed Idris, at 55

May 1, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the General Secretary of Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, NPAN, Mohammed Idris, on his 55th birthday. In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari joined family members and friends to celebrate with the ”influential media and communications entrepreneur, whose profile continues to rise.” The president congratulated Idris, the Read More

16 COVID-19 patients, 2 Nurses dead as fire engulfs hospital

May 1, 2021 Editor 0

At least 16 Covid-19 patients and two nurses died Saturday in the latest in a series of hospital fires in India, officials said, as the country’s health care system buckles under a surge in cases. There were around 50 other patients at the four-storey hospital in Bharuch in the western state of Gujarat when the blaze began at 1:00 am Read More

Breaking: Police in gun battle with bandits, nab 5 as gunmen kidnap wives, children in Zaria (Pictures)

April 26, 2021 Mohammed Bello Habib 0

Two house wives and children have been kidnapped by gunmen at Kofar Kuyambana low cost in Zaria local government area of Kaduna state. A resident in the area, Mallam Garba Jumare, told Blueprint correspondent that the kidnappers invaded the area and attacked a house of Customs officer around 10pm on Sunday. He said the kidnappers whisked away the Customs officer’s wife, Read More

Covid-19 supplies: FCTA denies bribe allegation, accuses contractors of blackmail

April 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has denied allegation that its officials demanded a bribe of N1m to facilitate payment to some contractors who supplied various items in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory. Sources told our correspondent Sunday in Abuja, that the allegation was a ploy by some contractors to blackmail the FCTA officials following the Read More

FNPH seeks FG’s intervention to manage autism patients

April 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa, Kaduna, has identified parental care and awareness as the best optimal management strategies for autism, while calling for assistance from the federal government in managing the disease. The hospital’s head of clinical services, Dr. David Ewoada, disclosed this Friday during the inauguration of the Autism Solution Centre in Kaduna. He said: “Funding of mental health Read More

World Malaria Day: Julius Berger donates mosquito nets to 4,000 families

April 24, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

As part of activities to mark this year’s World Malaria Day, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Friday donated long-lasting treated mosquito nets targeted at protecting and preserving the health and physical integrity of no fewer than 4,000 families along the Abuja–Kano Road project corridor. A press statement by the company’s media unit indicated that the company has continued to enable progress Read More

‘Ponmo,’ other animal proteins cause cancer, expert warns

April 22, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Vice Chancellor of the Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan, Professor Kola Oloke, Tuesday advised Nigerians against the consumption of animal skin popularly known as  Ponmo.  Prof Oloke who is a renowned Microbiologist gave the advice while speaking at a seminar titled; ‘Life Style, Diseases and Management,’ held at the PCU campus, Ibadan. The vice chancellor said consumption of animal protein Read More

Surrender power to young ones, AMAC Chairmanship aspirant tells older politicians

April 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former President, National Youth Council of Nigeria and chairmanship aspirant of Abuja Municipal Area Council ?AMAC) under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) Comerade Bello Shagari, has asked older politicians to surrender power to the younger ones. Speaking with newsmen Tuesday at the national secretariat of APC in Abuja, Shagari said the Nigerian youths, backed by the “Not too Read More

On Kano’s strange disease

April 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

One of the devastating reports I read recently is that of Kano. According to a video released by the Kano State Ministry of Health, ten people have died and 400 hospitalized due to the intake of fake and expired flavours used for local drinks. The most disturbing part of it is that the Kano’s commissioner of health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Read More

In Nasarawa, first lady advocates proper nutrition for pregnant women

April 16, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The wife of Nasarawa state governor, Silifat Abdullahi Sule, Friday, advocated proper nutrition for pregnant women and nursing mothers in the state. She stated this Lafia, at a one day high level advocacy and policy dialogue on the Nutrition situation in Nasarawa state, organised by the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) in partnership with the Nasarawa state government. Read More

COVID-19: Nigeria has vaccinated over 1 million people – NPHCDA

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

 The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced  that Nigeria had so far vaccinated over a million eligible people out of its target of 70 percent of the nation’s population. The NPHCDA disclosed this on its official Twitter handle, on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that for the country to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19, Read More

Ondo govt, firm to hold roundtable on legalisation of cannabis

April 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Ondo state government in conjunction with Culturepreneur Clusters Limited and other partners will on June 7 and 8, 2021 hold a stakeholders’ roundtable on the benefits and opportunities of cannabis plant and CBD Oil in Nigeria. In a statement Monday in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to Ondo state governor on Agric and Agricultural Business, Mr. Akin Olotu, Read More

Nigeria and the TB scourge

April 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs, though it can affect any organ in the body. It can develop when bacteria spread through droplets in the air. TB can be fatal, but in many cases, it is preventable and treatable. In the past, TB, or “consumption,” was a major cause of death around the world. Following Read More

Breaking: DBN disburses N191.7bn as loans to SMEs in 2020

April 1, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

A total of N191.7 billion was disbursed as loans by the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In its 2020 financial report released Thursday, the amount represents a 89% rise from N101.5 billion disbursed by the Bank in 2019.  This growth is in line with its core mandate of facilitating sustainable socio-economic development by improving Read More

COVID-19: Appreciating NPHCDA’s leadership intervention

March 30, 2021 Bukola Olasanmi 0

Notwithstanding heightened division in opinion, orchestrated negative propaganda and the deepening conspiracy theory against COVID19 Vaccine, Nigeria took delivery of 3.92 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, 2 March 2021. The delivery marked the first arrival of COVID-19 vaccine in the country and make Nigeria the next West African country to benefit from the COVAX Facility after Ghana Read More

Bauchi committed to ending tuberculosis by 2030 – Commissioner

March 30, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The Bauchi state government has expressed commitment to ending Tuberculosis (TB) by the year 2030 in line with the federal government’s recommendation of ensuring a TB-free Nigeria in the stipulated time. The state Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, expressed the commitment Monday during the opening ceremony of the 2021 world TB Day commemoration with the slogan ‘Check am o!’ Read More

Bauchi expresses commitment to ending Tuberculosis by 2030

March 29, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state government has expressed commitment to ending Tuberculosis (TB) by the year 2030 in line with the federal government’s recommendation of ensuring TB free Nigeria in the stipulated time. The state commissioner of health Dr Aliyu Maigoro expressed the commitment Monday during the opening ceremony of the 2021 world TB day commemoration with the slogan ‘Check am o!’ organized Read More

Edo woman launches centre for children with neuro-devt challenges

March 29, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

As part of efforts geared towards healthy communities devoid of preventable deaths, a Benin City-based woman, Sabina Idowu Osehobo, Friday, opened a center committed to the care of children with neuro-development challenges. The centre, according to the founder, will also help society find strategies and solutions “to enable these children live full lives.” Known as Oseno Centre, Sabina said the Read More

Minister approves deployment of apheresis machine to UATH

March 29, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has approved the deployment of one of the apheresis machines, donated to the ministry by Equinor Nigeria Energy Limited, to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), to ease single donor blood product processing. Dr. Ehanire, who made the donation at the hospital premises located in Gwagwalada, Abuja, while commissioning the new 20-bed Read More

World Water Day: Stakeholders’ divers opinion on value of water

March 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

As the world mark this year’s World Water Day, several stakeholders have called for more investment in the Nigeria water sector, JOHN OBA, reports.Every March 22nd globally, the Government and other concerned stakeholders, organisations and agencies come together to celebrate and raise awareness on the poor and vulnerable populations living without access to safe and clean water.  The objective of Read More

COVID-19: 2 dead as Nigeria records fresh 101 infections

March 28, 2021 NAN 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recorded 101 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 162,489. The health agency disclosed this on its official Twitter handle Sunday morning. It said two COVID-19-related deaths were recorded within the period, bringing the number of lives lost to the disease to 2,041. The NCDC Read More

’51 people in Makurdi out of 609 screened tested positive for TB’

March 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dr Chubby Eze, Senior Programme Officer, KNCV Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has confirmed that 51 out of 609 people screened in Makurdi had symptoms of Tuberculosis (TB). Eze, who fielded questions from journalists on Friday, in Makurdi, said that samples of the people were moved to gene expert sites, across the Local Government Areas (LGAs), in Benue, for testing. Read More

FG inaugurates first MRI machine at ABUTH

March 24, 2021 Moh Bello Habib, 0

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed on Tuesday in Zaria, inaugurated the 1.5 Tesla Elan Vantage, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Suite at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. Speaking during the inauguration of the project at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, the minister said naming the suite in her name was a great honour Read More

How safe is the water we drink?

March 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

“Water is life” though it’s a layman’s definition, nobody can argue that water isn’t life. Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Water Day on March 22, 2021. The celebration was important because UNICEF had said only 26.5 per cent of the Nigerian population uses improved drinking water sources and sanitation facilities. Looking at the percentage, Read More